Nostalgia

Recently I picked up playing Roller Coaster Tycoon 2 again. Until recently little did I know about how technically advanced this 2002 simulator is. I played it as a teenager and here I am again; only now I design actually decent rollercoasters not just vomit-inducing pandemonium.

The last game I bought was Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition, which is a remaster, of a remaster, of a fully expanded game, which is a sequel, of a classic game I played when my age was still in single digits.

I do have a latest gen console: the Nintendo Switch. But do not let that deceive you. The last game I was playing on it was a digital download of Final Fantasy VII (originally released in 1997). I justify that it is educational as I play in Spanish!

The physical games I own on the platform are: Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Super Smash Bros Ultimate and Pokémon Sword. But they are all games within franchises that I have also been playing since my childhood!

I have just four games on a console I have owned for about two years, so it is not often that I play. However, when I play, I only play the tried and tested.

So what is with all this sentimental nostalgia and nostalgic sentimentality? Perhaps I should ask the psychoanalysts that Disney consulted on why they bought the Star Wars franchise.